Machine Tool Technology


The purpose of this 16 month course is to prepare students for employment in the machining industry. Instruction includes blueprint reading, using precision measuring instruments, and setting up and operating such machines as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, power saws, surface grinders, and computer-controlled equipment. The course emphasizes safe and efficient work practices, industry standards, and em­ployability skills.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 16 Months
Clock Hours 1,728
Class Type Day, Night
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,984.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,275.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Production Machine Tender432Certificate
Machine Set-Up Operator864Certificate
General Machinist1296Diploma
Machinist I1728Diploma

Campus Locations

Main Campus
550 Alabama Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105
Bartlett Extension Campus
3375 Appling Rd
Bartlett, TN 38133

Job Duties

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 9,050

Current job openings per year: 1,140

Books and Supplies Lists


NIMS certifications


Samuel Snipes
Raushan Giordano

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